Book launch: "The Rubbish-Picker's Wife - an unlikely friendship in Kosovo" by Elizabeth Gowing

Wednesday, 9th September 2015 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Embassy of Kosovo, 8 John Street, London, WC1N 2ES

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Our first event after the summer break will be a book launch of "The Rubbish-Picker's Wife: an unlikely friendship in Kosovo". This will take place on Wednesday 9 September at the new Embassy of Kosovo (8, John Street, London WC1N 2ES), starting at 6.30 for 7pm.

Elizabeth Gowing will be presenting her latest book, about which she says: "My experiences and adventures in Kosovo since 2006 have inspired a range of writing, [including] my new book, about the friendship which started the work of The Ideas Partnership in the community of Fushe Kosove near Prishtina. The Rubbish-Picker's Wife; an unlikely friendship in Kosovo tells the story of what happens when you find your community, but it's a long way from home." 


The book launch is jointly organised by the Embassy of Kosovo and the Anglo-Albanian Association.

All the donations and proceeds from the sale of books during the event will go to The Ideas Partnership charity for the benefit of children in Kosovo.

This is a true story of living and learning - being confused and comforted - with the excluded Ashkali people of Kosovo; an account of the challenges and delights of what happens when you find your community but it's a long way from home.

Hatemja, a rubbish-picker's wife, lives in the poorest community in the poorest country in Europe. When Elizabeth Gowing is befriended by her, the women learn with, from and about one another. How can you find the best rubbish pastures for scavenging? How can you free children to go to school rather than to go out begging? How do you then convince the local school to accept them? Can mayonnaise deal with headlice? How best to teach the 36 letters of the Albanian alphabet? How would Facebook help evacuate a family from a rat-infested hovel? How do you make baklava? And through it all, how do you maintain a precious friendship that's helped you find out the best you can be?

Before moving to Kosovo in 2006, Elizabeth Gowing worked in primary education in Lambeth, Hackney and Islington. She is co-founder of The Ideas Partnership NGO which uses the power of volunteers to tackle education, environmental and cultural heritage challenges in Kosovo and work with the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community. She is the author of 'Travels in Blood and Honey; becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo' (Signal Books, 2011), 'Edith and I; on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo' (Elbow Publishing, 2013) and 'The Rubbish-Picker's Wife; an unlikely friendship in Kosovo' (Elbow Publishing, 2015) and her translations of the biographies of Yugoslavia's longest-held political prisoner, Adem Demaci, and Albanian patriot, Hasan Prishtina, were published in 2010 by Rrokullia press in Prishtina.

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